Car crashes 10m off bank and into ocean
A car left the road and dropped down a 10m bank before landing into the ocean in western Southland on Saturday.
Tuatapere police have commended the quick thinking and action of locals, who helped to rescue the occupants after the car left the road and ended up in the ocean.
The crash was on the Papatotara Rd, near Tuatapere and emergency services were notified after a member of the public heard the crash.
Tuatapere Police Constable Damon Templeton said the car had failed to turn at the intersection of Papatotara and Bluecliffs Beach Rd and the car entered the ocean near the Waiau river mouth at road speed.
‘‘One member of the public got in the water and two people got out [of the car] under their own steam.
‘‘One was disorientated, they assisted them out of the water and confirmed there was no one else in the vehicle,’’ Templeton said.
The car had travelled a substantial distance as there was a drop of about 10 metres from the road side to the water, where the car had landed, Templeton said.
All three occupants of the car were taken to Southland Hospital with moderate injuries.
The road was not a hot spot for crashes and Environment Southland had been contacted to begin retrieving the car from the river mouth, Templeton said.
Police could not comment at this stage on whether alcohol was a factor in the crash. Inquiries are continuing.